by Lissa Poirot
Overlooking the heart of Santa Barbara’s quaint shops and restaurant-lined Carrillo Street, the yellow Canary Hotel sings with ambience. The six-story property, named for Spain’s Canary Islands, is one of the tallest in the area, built before the town put height restrictions in place. With its height comes its best feature: a rooftop pool and lounge affording guests beautiful views of Santa Barbara, the mountains and the ocean.
One of the most luxurious of the Kimpton brand hotels, the Canary’s ornate furnishings include four-poster beds in guestrooms and suites, Spanish tile bathrooms and patterned furnishings in vibrant colors. Families enjoy the hotel’s restaurant, Finch and Fork, an award-winning local favorite, in addition to numerous restaurants within steps of the hotel. Families can also hop on one of the free bicycles available to guests and be on Santa Barbara’s beach in minutes. The Canary’s location makes it ideal for Santa Barbara city or beach vacations.
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- Rooftop swimming pool
- Pet-friendly accommodations
- Complimentary bike rentals
- Connecting Rooms
- Family Room 5+
- Onsite Dining
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The Canary's Spanish Colonial style is reflected in its guestrooms and suites. Rooms feature Wi-Fi (free for Kimpton Karma Rewards members only), bathrobes, yoga mats and iHome clocks, sound systems, flat-screen TVs and laptop-friendly safes. Cribs and kid-friendly amenities, like nightlights and playards are available upon request. Rollaway beds are available for $25 per night. A limited number of connecting rooms are also available.
Traditional guestrooms are available with two double beds, two queen beds or one king bed, growing in size from Deluxe to Premier to Superior. Rooms begin at 300 square feet.
Larger guest accommodations with living space are available. Junior Suites have 450 square feet with a king bedroom and a separate living room. One-bedroom suites are larger and feature a twin sofa bed in the living room. Three-bedroom suites are a collection of three one-bedroom suites with more than 1,500 square feet of space for larger families. The Canary Suite is the hotel's penthouse suite. It features a wrap-around balcony and dining room with seating for eight.
I stayed at Canary Kimpton for a week as I attended a conference. Front desk was professional and gave me all the important information during check in. Wifi was easy to access and worked great throughout my stay.
The room decor was very nice and not your typical hotel room.
The restaurant served great food.
And most stunning of all is the must see roof top
It was my first visit to Santa Barbara and this centrally located hotel was a perfect place to stay
I waited 7 hours at the Santa Barbara airport for my Alaska flight which was eventually cancelled due to engine problems. I now had to find a hotel to stay in as Alaska booked me for the same flight the next day! There were extremely long lines to wait in to get rebooked and then other lines to wait in to get your bag and a hotel voucher! After waiting all day, I was not going to wait in any more lines so proceeded to the Kimpton Canary hotel (thought it was the only Kimpton hotel in the area) as someone told me Alaska had an arrangement with them. Took an Uber downtown the this beautiful property and was excited until I was told they had NO Availability because of some big conventions in town! So here I was tired and distraught with my large suitcase and not knowing what to do! Helen, the front desk attendant, could see my frustration and so she said she would call their sister property in Goleta (GOODland Kimpton) to see if they had any rooms! She was on hold for at least 15 minutes but finally got through and found they did have one and she had them hold it for me! I tried to contact Uber on my phone for my second ride of the afternoon but couldn't get a good signal (T Mobile) and was quite upset so Helen asked to see my phone and connected it to their wifi and said she would get me connected to Uber. In the meantime, she told me to relax and got me a glass of cabernet! I was almost in tears at the kindness she bestowed upon me! I enjoyed my wine and contacted Uber and did make it to the Goodland (not nearly as nice as the Canary)! I didn't get to stay there, but the property is beautiful, perfectly located in town among dining and shopping but the employees are second to none! The Customer Service is absolutely OUTSTANDING!!! You will be treated like ROYALTY at the Canary and we will stay there next time we're in Santa Barbara after making reservations in advance!!
The Canary's rooftop swimming pool is worth a dip, but it also serves as a social spot for hotel guests. A lounge area features activities, games, movie nights and social gatherings, all with a view. The pool is open daily from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.
The hotel offers complimentary bike rentals on a first-come, first-served basis.
Santa Barbara's East Beach is just 1 mile from the hotel. Within minutes, guests can access other great beaches and parks, including Hendry's Beach, Butterfly Beach, Leadbetter Beach and the seaside Chase Palm Park. A bike path runs along the coastline, providing a safe and expansive area to bike with kids. Bike rentals and surreys are also available on the beach.
Kimpton Kids Program
Upon arrival, kids are welcomed with a gift and are offered fun, thoughtful amenities. Request a pet goldfish for your room, and grab hula hoops for fitness fun. Ask for a crib, playard or safety kit for your guestroom.
Finch and Fork
The Canary Hotel is home to Finch and Fork, a local favorite that serves handcrafted drinks along with artisanal cheese and seasonal, sustainable and local foods. The restaurant is open daily for breakfast from 7 to 10:30 a.m., lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., and dinner from 5:30 to 10 p.m. on weeknights and 11 p.m. on weekends. A bar menu is available in the afternoon, and brunch is available on weekends.
In the warmer months, the hotel's rooftop poolside cafÃ© serves food from Finch and Fork. Known as the Perch, guests can enjoy lunch, snacks and evening bites daily from June through September, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Off-season, the lounge is open on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Morning coffee and tea are always on offer for free in the lobby. Additionally, the hotel hosts a complimentary evening wine hour from 5 to 6 p.m. daily.
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Wi-Fi is available for a fee of $13 for 24 hours. Members of Kimpton Karma Rewards receive free Wi-Fi.
Kimpton Karma Rewards
Enroll before visiting the hotel for complimentary perks, such as free Wi-Fi and a $10 "Raid the Mini Bar" credit for in your guestroom or suite.
Forgot It? We've Got It
The hotel's "Forgot It? We've Got It!" program offers families travel essentials that they may have left at home, such as shampoo and toothbrushes.
Pets are welcome at the hotel, at no additional fee. Pets receive amenities such as food and water bowls, pet beds and maps of dog-friendly parks and places in the area. There is no size limit either.
The hotel offers valet parking for $25 (plus tax) per night, but a parking garage is located right next door for guests who prefer to self-park (also for a fee).
Check-in is at 4 p.m. and check-out is at noon.
The Art of Smart Timing
The hotel is booked up most in the summer and on holidays. Southern California enjoys mild weather year-round though, so it's a great hotel for any time of the year.
The hotel is centrally located in Santa Barbara, about 15 minutes from Santa Barbara Municipal Airport and two hours from Los Angeles.
Guests can walk to many area attractions, with taxi rides relatively inexpensive. However, guests with a car can enjoy the many beaches, wineries, hiking trails and more in the Greater Santa Barbara area.
For Mom and Dad
The Canary offers in-room spa services from FLOAT Luxury Spa in Santa Barbara. At your convenience, including evenings, a therapist will visit your room to provide massages and facials.